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Author Archives: Valerie Martlew

HERALDRY: THE CLUES TO HISTORY

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MANASSEH: THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE Jacob’s blessing to his sons as described to us in Genesis 49 tells the remarkable story of Joseph’s sons. Joseph had brought his sons Manasseh and Ephraim to be blessed by their grandfather on his deathbed, for they would be the heirs of the Birthright which was vested in Joseph’s posterity….

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HERALDRY:THE CLUES TO HISTORY – Ephraim The Unicorn

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We have considered  the origins  of Heraldry  and Bri tish and European armorial bearings in particular, with emphasis on the heraldic and symbolic Lion of the tribe of Judah. The second supporter on the royal coat of arms  is the Unicorn, represented nowadays as a kind of horse with one twisted  horn.  This beast seems…

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HERALDRY: THE CLUES TO HISTORY – Zebulun: The Haven Dweller

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  Zebulun was Jacob’s tenth son and Leah’s sixth.  His name  means “dwelling”  or “wished  for habitation”. (Genesis 30:20). At his birth Leah, rather sadly, said “Now will my husband dwell with me”.  However, Jacob still loved Rachel best and  Leah was doomed to be disappointed.  In Genesis  49:13 we  read  of Jacob’s blessing to…

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THE REMAINING TRIBES – (1)

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There are four more sons of Jacob who are not so well known and  we do not have a great  deal  of information about them, so we  will consider them together in this article.  They are Naphtali, Gad, Asher and Issachar. Naphtali Naphtali was the sixth son of Jacob and the second of Bilhah, who…

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THE TRIBE OF DAN

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Dan,  the  third  “brigade” leader of Israel  in the camps of the Wilderness, was  the son of Jacob and Bilhah, the servant of Rachel.   During Rachel’s long period  of barrenness, when she  was  jealous  of her sister  Leah’s children, she  had  suggested to Jacob that he should  take her maid Bilhah as a concubine, and…

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